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Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine Doses on the way to Philippines

The first shipment of 15,000 doses of the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V is on the way to the Philippines after logistical challenges hampered the delivery.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta has announced, “The first shipment of Sputnik V vaccines (15,000 doses) left today, 29 April, from Moscow and should be in Manila by 1 May.”

Sputnik V already secured an emergency use authorization from the country’s Food and Drug Administration and can be administered to people 18 years old and above.

However, not all local governments will receive Sputnik V doses, as the shots need to be stored at temperatures not exceeding -18°C.

Sputnik V is taken in two doses, and has a 91.6% efficacy rate, according to a peer-reviewed late-stage trial result published in The Lancet medical journal. The vaccine is also completely protective against severe forms of COVID-19.

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